Apr 21, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Social Work Major

The Social Work Major leads to a bachelor of social work (BSW) and requires the following courses to complete the 124 hours needed for graduation. No outside minor is required.

An active articulation agreement exists between this program and several community colleges. To see a complete list of current colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.

Admission Requirements

In addition to completing the University’s General Education requirements, social work students complete a series of seven specific liberal arts courses in a variety of related disciplines (listed below as Liberal Arts Requirements) in order to build a foundation for their social work studies. Social work intent students also complete four pre-major social work courses (listed below as Required Courses: Pre-Major) prior to being admitted to the Major.

Admission requirements are as follows:

  1. Students must complete a Social Work Admissions application. These are distributed in SWRK 251 .
  2. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in the following pre-major social work classes (again, listed below as Required Courses: Pre-Major):
    1. SWRK 120 - Introduction to Social Work Services and Professional Roles  (Ideally, this course should be taken either concurrently with or prior to the other pre-major courses)
    2. SWRK 200 - Human Diversity and Social Justice 
    3. SWRK 222 - Social Welfare Policies and Services 
    4. SWRK 251 - Self-Assessment For the Profession of Social Work  (Ideally, this course should be taken concurrently with or after the other pre-major courses)
  3. Students must complete a reflective essay in SWRK 251 . The essay is designed to assist students in assessing their own “goodness of fit” with the values and ethics of the School of Social Work and the social work profession.
  4. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher at the time of admission into the BSW program.
  5. Students must complete forty (40) hours of volunteer service, internship experience, or employment within a human service setting.


School Information:

School of Social Work - College of Health and Human Services

Lynn M. Nybell, Ph.D., School Director

323 Marshall

School Website

School of Social Work Advising

David Evoy

337 Marshall




David Manville

317 Marshall



General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours

Students are required to take six credits in cross-cultural related courses. Completion of both sections of General Education Area III (with the exception of

 ) will meet this requirement. Other courses outside of Area III may also count towards this requirement with departmental permission.

Major Requirements: 57 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.